Comprehensive Dental Hygiene

Get your routine check-up and a professional teeth cleaning.

Routine Hygiene Wellness

Improve your daily brushing and flossing with Dr. Ryan Gile.

Daily brushing and flossing remove a great deal of the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth, but it’s nearly impossible to remove it all on your own.

Your dental hygienist can be your partner in achieving good oral health and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning can prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Our dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on the condition of your teeth and gums.

What to expect at your check-up appointment:

  • Visual evaluation of teeth, face, jaw and neck

  • Digital images to check for cavities and other possible problems

  • Gum disease evaluation

  • Professional teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment

  • Screening for oral cancer

How Can We Help?

We provide a range of services to help with your hygiene and overall health. Please select an option:

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Caring for Your Smile

Here is what is included in your typical hygiene appointment.
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Visual & Gum Disease Evaluation

During the evaluation, your Hadlock dentist will check for cracked, broken, or decayed teeth as well as looking for any abnormal areas on your cheeks, gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth.

Since gum disease affects almost 50% of adults in the U.S. (Center for Disease Control), we perform a comprehensive assessment during your exam to check for any signs of periodontal disease.

When addressed in the early stages, periodontal disease is easily controlled and possibly reversible. Since gum disease exhibits minimal symptoms until it is significantly advanced, it is important to be evaluated for early stages of the disease. Conservative, early intervention is best and our team will assist you in choosing the best treatment options for your condition.

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Digital Imaging

The dentist may recommend digital x-rays and photographs to help identify problem areas in your mouth. The type of images may vary based on your particular situation, but a full jaw x-ray, called a panoramic x-ray will give the dentist a comprehensive view of all the structures in your mouth as well as your jaw joint and your sinuses.

Digital 3D imaging may be appropriate in your situation to determine exact positioning of your teeth.

Your dentist may also use a special digital camera to take close up pictures of your teeth or gums. This will help them identify and monitor any areas of concern. We also use intraoral cameras to provide live images of while we examine your smile.

Dr. Gile and one of his dental assistants checking the teeth of a young man
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Fluoride Treatment

Cavity Prevention

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends fluoride treatments based on your risk for developing cavities. Our team evaluates if your risk for cavities is low, moderate, or high, based on criteria outlined by the ADA.

Most individuals with low risk are offered a fluoride treatment twice a year.

Moderate risk individuals are offered fluoride twice a year as well as a take-home fluoride product to help reduce the chance of them getting another cavity.

Individuals with a high risk for cavities may be offered fluoride treatment more than twice a year, a take-home fluoride product, as well as an antimicrobial rinse to reduce the cavity-causing bacteria.

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Professional Teeth Cleaning

All of our hygienists are well trained to perform a thorough teeth cleaning. Our team removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and then polishes them to remove stains and smooth the tooth surface. In addition to hand-held hygiene techniques used by our skilled hygienists, ultrasonic devices deliver targeted treatments to hard to reach areas. These devices deliver ultrasonic vibrations to crush and move calcified deposits of calculus.

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Oral Cancer Screening

Development of oral cancer is on the rise. When detected in the early stages, most oral cancers respond very favorably to treatment. The risk of developing oral cancer increases five times with smoking, two and half times with excessive alcohol use and thirty-two times in the presence of a persistent HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection.

The dentist will look over all the tissue in your mouth, including your tongue, lips, and cheeks, checking for anything abnormal. She will also feel for any unusual lumps or bumps and make recommendations for follow up if necessary. We also have the ability to do a salivary screening to check for an active HPV infection. Recommendations for reducing your risk of developing oral cancer include regular screenings and possible lifestyle changes.

Lasers In Dentistry
Taking your dental care into the modern age.

Lasers have been used in dentistry for several years and provide additional benefits when combined with regular cleanings or therapy for gum disease. There are two specific procedures performed by the hygienists in our offices that can reduce your risk of gum disease or provide improved healing if gum therapy is indicated.

Laser Bacterial Reduction

Also known as "Laser Decontamination".

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A procedure in which thermal, light energy is emitted through a small, fiber optic tip between the teeth and the gums. This energy is used to vaporize the harmful bacteria at or below the gum-line called biofilms.

Biofilms have been shown to be directly related to an increased risk of developing gum disease, a serious infection affecting the supporting bone. During your hygiene appointment, the hygienist will disrupt the biofilm to reduce the risk or severity of periodontal disease, but cannot eliminate the bacteria without the use of the laser. Destroying the bacteria will reduce inflammation in the gum tissue, and keep your gums healthier between visits.

  • Are there any side effects, and how does it feel?

    There are no known side effects to laser decontamination. Most patients do not report any sensation during or after the use of the laser. Occasionally, patients will describe a warm, tingling sensation felt during the procedure. Laser decontamination takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and the entire mouth is treated at one time.

  • How does it kill the bacteria? Does it kill good bacteria?

    The laser uses light energy that is absorbed into the pigmented cell walls of the harmful bacteria, vaporizing them. The bacteria in our mouths that do not contribute to inflammation typically lack pigment in their cell walls and thus are not affected in the same way.

  • Why am I just now hearing about the laser for my appointment?

    Dental professionals now have access to this technology by using a laser specifically designed to treat the gums. Due to the advances in the production of these dental lasers, our office now has the availability to offer laser decontamination. We are happy to treat our patients with an elevated level of care that is not only supported by years of research but also affordable.

  • How often should the laser be done?

    Although the laser kills millions of harmful bacteria at your hygiene appointment, the bacteria will begin to multiply again over time, and will eventually be back to their original levels in a few months. For this reason, we recommend laser decontamination be included every time you see your hygienist. For some patients with a history of periodontal treatment, that is every 3 months. You may be thinking to yourself, “If the bacteria just grow back, what’s the point?”. One of the most important factors in obtaining optimal oral health and control of periodontal disease is your body’s ability to fight off these harmful bacteria. It is true that we are unable to kill the bacteria forever with a single use of the laser, but if it is completed at each appointment, we are able to keep them at a constant lower level, giving your immune system the chance to keep your body healthier.

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

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Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy is a procedure in which thermal, light energy is emitted through a small, fiber optic tip between the teeth and the gums. This energy vaporizes the harmful bacteria at or below the gum-line and removes the infection.

Active periodontal disease is a result of this bacterial infection causing a breakdown of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Typically the infected, diseased tissue is removed with a procedure called curettage during gum therapy. It is a non-surgical, conservative procedure performed by your dental hygienist, using a local anesthetic.

Research shows that incorporating the use of the laser into gum therapy procedures “can produce an earlier and greater improvement in gingival health”, and “these applications can be used to improve periodontal wound healing”. The thermal energy produced by the diode laser stimulates circulation and formation of collagen fibers while reducing inflammation and bleeding.

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Lovely facility with great people. I've been going to Ginny (Virginia) for years and she is always warm, conscientious, and professional. I love going to her for my cleanings. I had more extensive work done today by Melissa and Dr. Eggert and they were frequently checking to see that I was comfortable as well as informed about what they were doing each step of the way. They each have a gentle touch and did beautiful work.
The NWNowlins
The NWNowlins
05:05 17 Jan 19
My hygienist is Jen and she is great! Jen is excellent in what she does. My cleaning is thorough and virtually pain free. This clinic has an excellent customer service.
Flor Craig
Flor Craig
03:01 29 Nov 18
I have had good experiences at Ballard Dental Arts. They are friendly and fun and talented, and their new office has cool gadgets. Most importantly, my teeth are clean and healthy.
David Zabinski
David Zabinski
21:40 26 Dec 18
I'm always wary after a lifetime of extensive dental work with a new dentist but they have proven themselves at Ballard Dental Arts to be top-notch! And, as they know, I'm picky! Dr. Tobler and all of his staff members have demonstrated their expertise, professionalism, passion and talent for their vocation over a of time. I would absolutely recommend their services for all your family and individual needs!
George Vogt
George Vogt
20:34 04 Oct 18
I always come away from my visits to the Dentist with the good feeling that my teeth are being taken care of.
Bob & Kathy Hammer
Bob & Kathy Hammer
03:04 13 Dec 18
Great people and care, with lots of feedback and patience to address all of your concerns and find the best solution that works for you. Very happy here 🙂
Cole Hayes
Cole Hayes
21:05 11 Apr 19
Going to the dentist is NOT something people look forward to! But the team here is so delightful and really makes it a better experience. Siri is the best hygienist and is so sweet - she makes this chore no one looks forward to actually enjoyable. The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful and Dr Tobler is such a patient, nice doctor. I can’t recommend this practice enough!
Veronica Bisceglie
Veronica Bisceglie
18:18 24 Apr 19
Melissa helped make my appointment stress free and comfortable. They were even kind enough to offer me a Bluetooth headset during my visit! Overall, this dentist office offers treatment in a way that is both kind and transparent.
Nehemias Luna
Nehemias Luna
19:29 02 May 19
Have been very pleased with Ballard Dental Arts. I'm happy that Ginny has been my Dental Hygienist for many years & I've found Dr. Tobler - who acquired the practice relatively recently - to be thorough, knowledgeable, attentive and congenial.
Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon
21:30 06 May 19
Staff are nice, plus my mother works there! Great dental care, virtually painless.
Elliot Porter
Elliot Porter
02:14 29 May 19
I honestly look forward to my twice yearly dental appointments. I have been visiting Ballard Dental Arts for a few years and have had a consistently positive experience, even when that experience involved cavities and fillings. Dr. Tobler instantly puts you at ease. He is skilled, trustworthy, and patient to explain each step and option. I've definitely had dentists in the past who left me in the dark while they worked on my teeth, but Dr. Tobler goes out of his way to answer every question, sometimes before you even think to ask.The cherry on the cake is the amazing hygienist Jenni. Not only does she take excellent care of your teeth, but check-ups with her are like visiting with a friend you haven't seen in 6 months. She is pure gold. You may forget you're having your teeth cleaned.
Michal Sandford
Michal Sandford
04:48 01 Jun 19
After 4 appointments I still don't have a single complaint. Everyone at the office has been wonderful to deal with and very accommodating. Dr Eggert and Melissa did a great job of keeping me comfortable during a procedure, Ginny was a treat for cleanings. Can't recommend enough.
Slaught Er
Slaught Er
19:00 11 Jun 19
I have been going to BDA since they opened in Ballard and have always received top notch service. From the smile that greets me upon arrival to the knowledgeable and careful staff, all the way until I walk out the door post op, it truly is a smooth and actually enjoyable process. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for ANY dental needs. I truly am impressed with my most recent visit to get a filling and Zoom Whitening. Melissa G is a saint. She made sure I was comfortable at all times, educated me on what to expect pre and post op, and really just made me feel welcome which is HUGE when going to a dentist and having tools in your mouth. THANK YOU Melissa and team BDA 🙂
Kevin Tranter
Kevin Tranter
18:53 11 Jun 19
I always come away from my visits to the Dentist with the good feeling that my teeth are being taken care of.
Bob & Kathy Hammer
Bob & Kathy Hammer
20:13 12 Jun 19
Very nice. Quick and easy cleanings. Fixed my cracked filling and didn't feel a thing.
Ricardo Figueroa
Ricardo Figueroa
17:06 19 Aug 19
All around great experience! I have recommended this place to several coworkers who are looking for a good dental office.
Justin Mothershed
Justin Mothershed
20:20 03 Sep 19
It is truly comforting to know you have a professional, personal dentist who actually cares about your health. People without a dentist can have a lot of problems, but with Ballard Dental Arts all your fears are laid to rest. My first procedure this week involved #31, a fractured tooth that would have only gotten worse had I ignored it. Dr. Eggert, Melissa, and the other assistants, are truly helpful and friendly. Very important to my dental care is anesthesia, and I chose Ballard Dental Arts because they use Nitrous, which makes the procedures for me to go a lot smoother. I am not at all concerned about over-hyped dangers of N20, so that part of my dental care is crucial to me.Billing is also very gracious, as they know a full crown can cost over $1,000 which is necessary to pay, or else the tooth gets infected, which can lead to an abscess or much worse. They allow self-pay patients like me, who knows how practically worthless are the dental plans in this state, 90 days same as cash. If not for that, I would have had to postpone my care and put my health at risk. Thank you, Ballard Dental Arts, for truly caring. No, they did not pay me or egg me on to write this review, it's just something that I do anyway for the truly deserving businesses out there. Totally recommended.Best way to get here and avoid the very heavy Ballard traffic is to go over to 17th Ave. NW, and then turn eastbound onto NW 58th street to the end of the block, and they have a parking lot on the north side behind the building, which is actually the main entrance.
Matthew McGinley
Matthew McGinley
21:06 24 Sep 19
Ballard dental arts has always done a great job and are easy to work with. moved away. That will not stop me from coming back of course. Dr. Tobler is fantastic!
Bret Corrington
Bret Corrington
20:14 16 Oct 19
I love this place, it had been a while sense I had been to the dentist so I was a bit hesitant to go but once I got there they made me feel right at home. I didn't feel judged and was treated with the up most respect. I would highly recommend them, and staff are all very friendly.
Kriscinda Grimm
Kriscinda Grimm
18:21 21 Oct 19
I just got my teeth cleaned and polished and I had probably the best dental experience of my life. Last time 6 months ago I had Jenni work on my teeth and she is the first person to ever get me motivated to floss and buy and use a night guard. It clearly paid off because I had great results to show for my work this appointment. Jenni is extremely educational and I felt cared about here as opposed talked down to like I have other places. I have had nothing but amazing experiences since coming here and will continue to receive my dental work from people I trust. Thanks guys!!
Tayler
Tayler
18:45 26 Nov 19
Great team. I have been going here since the transition from the previous Dr. Jones location and I enjoy the new team members, especially Siri, Ori, Melissa and Dr. Eggert.
John DeTurk
John DeTurk
16:54 02 Dec 19
I always come away from my visits to the Dentist with the good feeling that my teeth are being taken care of. My dense Chris Tobler and his team are the best!
Bob & Kathy Hammer
Bob & Kathy Hammer
23:22 13 Dec 19
Been a patient here for about a year, I really like the staff, everyone is very calm and patient with scaredy-cats like me. Just now sitting in the waiting room, I’m listening to Allison handle the phones very calmly and professionally with such a sweet temperament. You’ll like this place.
Sheri Medley
Sheri Medley
19:25 13 Feb 20
I started going to Ballard Dental Arts based on a friend's referral, and I'm so glad I did. It is clean, bright and airy, the front desk staff are kind and extremely helpful, and I love my hygienist. Even after I moved out of Ballard I kept going because of how great they are. Can't say enough good things.
Alexandra Vitale
Alexandra Vitale
22:27 13 May 20
The most friendly, caring, and attentive dentistry team in Seattle.
Celina Rose
Celina Rose
01:34 03 May 20
I love this dentist office which says a ton since I am not fond of getting my teeth cleaned 🙂 they are nice and very helpful. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great dentist!!
Rebecca Kuenn
Rebecca Kuenn
02:07 13 Jun 20
Dr. Sainaee is the best. She's very caring and great at what she does. Very nice staff and clean work space.
John Phillip II
John Phillip II
00:06 20 Jun 20
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How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

The Academy of General Dentistry recommends seeing the dentist for a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. Your Hadlock dentist may recommend you visit more often depending on your specific situation and risk of disease. Some conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or pregnancy may require more frequent cleanings to keep you and your mouth healthy.

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Will my insurance cover my check-up appointment?

Most insurances cover the procedures completed at a check-up and cleaning appointment. Our great team of insurance coordinators will help you navigate through your specific insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of costs should there be a remaining balance after the insurance payment.

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Maintain Your Oral Health
Improve hygiene habits and enjoy a gentle cleaning with our team.